Man Utd "unlikely" to make big names signings this month
Manchester United appear to have ruled out making move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani or Lazio attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson in this month's transfer window.
Reports in the UK newspapers earlier this week suggested Cavani was emerging as a top target for United as they look to bolster their forward line, while Anderson has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Yet journalists have been informed that the club are not interested in signing Cavani or Anderson this month, with the inflated price tags of players in this mid-season window set to ensure a quiet January of spending.
United's need to add to their squad appears to be pressing as they are gripped with another defensive injury crisis, with Ashley Young out for an extended period as he undergoes groin surgery, joining Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo on the sidelines.
"I have used youngsters a lot of times and they are doing great but the level of Man United is high and to give a high performance every week is very difficult for the youngsters," stated Van Gaal.
"That's why we have to look especially in the transfer period for replacements, but the difficulty is we ask for a level, so we are looking but it is not easy."
United went through last January's transfer window without sealing a big money deal, with Victor Valdes' arrival on a free transfer the only move of note for the Old Trafford club.
If United opt not to sign any players in this month's window, it will intensity speculation that the future of manager Louis van Gaal will come up for debate at the end of this season.